Press release on agreement on peaceful settlement of domestic conflict in the Republic of South Sudan
On August 5, an agreement on the outstanding issues of the administration and the division of responsibility between the sides in the conflict was signed in Khartoum as part of the talks conducted by the East-African Intergovernmental Authority on Development. This agreement naturally continues the Khartoum declaration of June 27 of this year on a ceasefire in South Sudan and the agreement of July 7 of this year on outstanding security issues.
The new document was signed by President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, leader of the armed opposition Riek Machar who must be reinstated as the country’s first Vice President, and representatives of other major military-political groups. President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir and President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni acted as guarantors of the agreement. The ceremony was attended by the presidents of Kenya and Djibouti, the prime minister of Somalia, and deputy prime minister of Ethiopia. The sides agreed to hold additional talks in Khartoum on the most complicated issues, such as the implementation mechanism and the order for the return of the armed opposition leaders to power.
Moscow welcomes the progress reached in the negotiations on South Sudan and hopes that the parties involved will continue their constructive dialogue aimed at consistent and strict implementation of all agreements.
We praise the personal mediation of President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir who made a tangible contribution to ensuring peace in South Sudan. We note that the persistent diplomatic efforts of the African community to defuse crises on the continent produce the best results, confirming by deed the African Union’s proclaimed principle of “African solutions to African problems.”